On The Incorrection

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  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 18, 2008 at 4:53 pm .

    George is nothing if not extravagant, and for me the laborious second stanza perfectly reflects the breath-labor that is occasions the poem. Like Dylan Thomas or early Neruda, this is one of George’s modes that won’t please everyone. The good news is that <I>The Incorrection</I> flaunts many modes, some of which readers who prefer late Neruda to early will find appealing, I think. I myself am

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm .

    Thanks for posting this poem. I’ve never heard of McWhirter before, but clearly he’s worth getting to know. There’s a really excellent control of line and consonance, and the physicality you mention is impressive. But is the second stanza, the longest, truly necessary? It seems laboured, and disproportionate to the rest. I’d like the poem unreservedly without it.

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